Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Anderson Mesa Day Hike
when Trip Report : August 14, 2010
  Trip Report : June 25, 2005
where Flagstaff
the hike     Plentiful wildlife and great views of the San Francisco Peaks are the major features of this Flagstaff section of the Arizona Trail. We’ll begin at the Sandy’s Canyon Trailhead. Most of the trail winds across Anderson Mesa, a broad grassy upland dotted with widely spaced trees. The open character of the terrain here provides excellent opportunities to view the area’s wildlife residents. Anderson Mesa supports a rich and diverse community of wild animals some of the larger and more visible are elk, mule deer, whitetail deer, wild turkey, Abert’s squirrels, coyotes, and pronghorn antelope. Finish the one-way hike at Lowell Observatory.
distance 8 miles
EC +1000'-600' elevation change
elevations 6621' (Walnut Creek) to 7228' (Lowell Observatory)
time 4-5 hours
rating "C"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
on trail 100% — Arizona Trail, Sandy’s Canyon Trail
dogs? no
type one way
starting at
Sandy’s Canyon Trailhead 35° 7.390' N,  111° 35.946' W  [NAD27]
ending at
USGS Observatory Trailhead 35° 6.012' N,  111° 32.143' W  [NAD27]
cost Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Flagstaff
meet in
7:00 AM in the Fry’s parking lot on the SW corner of I-17 & Bell Road. Park behind Denny’s, near the entrance to the Deer Valley Park & Ride.
meet in
If you are meeting us in Flagstaff, be at the Circle K, 3350 Lake Mary Rd. at I-17, by 9:15. See map.
drive     Take I-17 to Flagstaff. Get off at Lake Mary Road (county highway 3), exit 339. Turn right and go southeast 5.3 miles to a dirt road on the left, just past the cattle guard. Turn left for Sandy’s Canyon Trailhead. Those starting from Flagstaff should meet us there at 9:30 AM.
    We’ll leave most of the cars at Sandy’s Canyon Trailhead, where the hike ends. Go back to Lake Mary Road, turn left and drive 4.0 miles, alongside Lower Lake Mary, to the paved Marshall Lake Road going uphill on the left. Take that road up Anderson Mesa 1.25 miles to the sign for Lowell Observatory. Go straight ahead on FR 128 and continue 1.0 miles to a fork in the road. Marshall Lake is just ahead of you. Turn left and drive 0.3 miles to Marshall Lake Trailhead, where the hike begins.

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